Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
Office Hours: 9am - 2 pm
Mon., Wed., Fri.
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Welcome to Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

We believe that all people of every age, physical or mental ability, body image, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, social-economic background, family construct and faith tradition are equal in the eyes of God and this congregation. When entering our sanctuary, you will be greeted with a smile, an extended hand and feel the love of Christ surrounding you. 

We are an Open and Affirming congregation.
Here, you are a stranger, but once.

Written by the Social Justice Task Force 
Approved by Hadwen Park Church Trustees, 4/7/04

Judith Hanlon, Pastor
Want more information?  
Call or write our church secretary, Betty Jane, 
at 508-752-7489 or theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
End of Lent & 
Holy Week Worship 
& Events

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship.J
Nursery care for infants through 3-year-olds, 
staffed by a professional child care worker, 
is available in the nursery just off the sanctuary. Parents may leave their children at 9:45 and must pick them up by 15 minutes after the close of the service. September thru mid-May, children aged 3 through high school sit with their parents/guardians in worship until excused to their Sunday School classes. (On Communion Sundays, grades 6-8 remain in the sanctuary throughout the service.) At 11 a.m., a time for fellowship and refreshments follows worship. All are welcome. Look for more information on the events below either here or on our Facebook page. Or contact the church office at theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
  • Wednesday, March 21 - Lenten Supper, 6 p.m. & Worship, 7 p.m. (This will be held despite the pre-dicted snow, which should be light at these hours. So come, but above all be safe!)
  • Sunday, March 25 - Youth Missions Pancake Breakfast fundraiser, 8 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 25 - PALM SUNDAY Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Adult Choir practice, 8:45 a.m.; Kids Choir practice, 9:30 a.m. Please be prompt.)
  • Thursday, March 29 - Maundy Thursday Service with Last Supper Re-enactment, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 31 - Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. - noon
  • Sunday, April 1 - Easter Dawn Service, 6 a.m.
  • Sunday, April 1 - Easter Family Worship, 10 a.m.
Remember a special 
person or event.

There are dates available on the flower calendar. Why not provide flowers for the communion table in memory or honor of a loved one or in celebration of a special event? The calendar is posted in the narthex as you enter the church. Add your name to the date you want, fill out a form and leave it and a check ($25/2 vases, $12.50/1 vase) in the inbox outside BJ's office or mail it to the church. You may also bring your own flowers; just be sure to sign up and that the flowers are in place by 9:30 before worship begins.
Attention youth!

Join one of our youth groups or the fun of it!

Joanne and Michael head up the Junior High Youth Group for 5th-7th graders. They meet 11 a.m. (following worship) until 12:45 p.m. Contact them to be on their list to contact about activities. 

Ralph will lead the Senior High Youth Group for 8th-12th graders beginning at 1 p.m. following the Confirmation Class. If you are interested in joining, please let him know so he can add you to the contact list.

Also, keep an eye on our HPC Youth page on Facebook for up-to-date info on youth doings.
Come sing every 
first Sunday!

All ages and abilities of singers are invited to join the First Sunday Pick-up Choir. Come at 8:45 a.m. and learn the music to sing at the 10 a.m. service that day.

If you can make the commitment to practice at 7 p.m. every Wednesday and at 8:45 a.m. every Sunday, you are invited to join the Adult Choir that sings each Sunday.

Children are invited to come each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for a 15-minute practice. (Don’t be late!) The Kids Choir sings in worship as often as possible.

All rehearsals are held in the sanctuary. Contact Annie for more information. 
HPC Food Pantry
Needs Your Help

  • Donations:  Our Food Pantry is continually in use by those in need. Thus, it is always open to donations of non-perishable items.  Please remember the Pantry when doing your grocery shopping.  See our list of needed items. Or pick up one of the specially marked bags in our Narthex or on the stair landing. Bring your donations when you come to worship.  Or write a check to HPC with "Food Pantry" in the memo line and put it in the offering plate.  Think of it as an offering of thanks to God.
  • Volunteering:  Are you available on Mondays or Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.? Sign up for a day to staff the Pantry. See a description of the need and instructions for signing up on the Food Pantry Page
HPC Food Pantry
What can progressive 
Christianity learn from 
its LGBTQ brothers 
and sisters?

This Lent, you are invited to gather on five Sunday evenings at 6:30 at the church for an hour of discussion based on The Rev. Elizabeth Edman's book, Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know about Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity (Beacon Press, 2016). The series runs through Sunday, March 25.

"This isn't about sexuality," Edman says. "It's about Jesus' demand that we challenge - 'queer' - simplistic, black and white thinking that pits us against each other." Each discussion, led by our Interim CE Director Sarah Sund-Lussier, will be introduced by a short video. For more information about our series, click here. Contact Sarah if you plan to come or have questions at ssundlussier@gmail.com or at 978.798.0026.
Lovers and Fools: 
A Theme for our 
2018 Lenten Journey

This year, Ash Wednesday occurs on Valentine’s Day - a day of silly love, chocolates, hearts and dinner out. A day that recalls love and honors love. 

Easter falls on April Fools Day. From a rational point of view, the resurrection is foolishness! It is mystery and a bit scary.

Thus, we’ll look at Lovers and Fools as we travel immersed in our deep love of Jesus Christ - foolishly as we believe in the mystery of resurrection for God’s son and for all of us.

Come Wednesdays to our Lenten Suppers (6 p.m.) for fellowship and/or our Lenten Services (7 p.m.) for worship, February 21 - March 21.

Sunday School
Like our adults, the children in our Sunday School will prepare their hearts for Easter 
and reflect on their own faith journey. To 
enhance what is explored in class, Sarah 
Sund-Lussier, our Director of Christian Education, suggests that families use at home the Lenten devotions found in the booklet “An Illustrated Lent for Families.” The activities and discussion topics are suitable for all ages. Pick up a copy at the church or send an email to ssundlussier@gmail.com.

Lots going on in Lent

Wednesday evening suppers followed by quiet, introspective worship . . . stimulating book discussions . . . thoughtful choir anthems . . . children seeking for Jesus . . . ministries to the hungry and persecuted . . . times of fellowship . . . all encompassed within a very different theme.

Join us! Pray with us. Light a candle of hope for a loved one. Be nourished in body, mind and soul.

(See our list of events at right and full details in the items on this page.)
Looking ahead . . .

Put these dates on your calendar:
  • Sunday, April 8 - Book Discussion - The Shack, 4 p.m. at Pastor Judy's home
  • Monday, April 9 - LGBT Asylum Task Force Community Dinner, 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 17 - New Members Class, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 21 - New Members Class, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, April 22 - Roller Skating, 5-7 p.m., Skylite Rink
  • Monday, April 23 - New Members Class, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28 - Church Supper & Talent Show, 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6 - Confirmation Sunday Worship, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 12 - Youth Missions Pizza & Movie fundraiser, 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 13 - Children's Sunday Worship, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 20 - Music Sunday & Pentecost Worship, 10 a.m. featuring organist Mark Thallander
  • Monday, July 23-Friday, July 27 - Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m. to noon each day
  • Sunday, July 28 - Saturday, August 4 - Youth Missions Trip to Imperial, PA
  • Saturday, October 27 - LGBT Task Force Gala, DCU Center Ballroom
Support our 
Youth Missionaries!

For the eighth year, Hadwen Park youth 
will give up a week of their summer vacation 
to serve those in need. In July, they will go to Imperial, PA to repair the homes of elderly, disabled and low-income people. Among other projects, they will paint, repair decks and build wheelchair ramps. This is an important life-changing service for both our youth and the residents they serve. 

You can support them by participating in any of the fundraisers they hold and/or by purchasing the 2018 HPC Youth Missions t-shirt - the same one our missionaries will wear on their trip. You will help the group get to PA and help the folks they will serve when they get there. Thank you! (Click the link and use your credit card to order a shirt - or several! Then wear it proudly.)

Another way to support our kids and remember or honor a loved one is by purchasing Memory Nails. Available at the self-service table in the sanctuary throughout Lent, the nails will be blessed and used by the youth missionaries in their work in PA this summer. Donations made for the nails will help finance the trip. Stop by the table, fill out a form with your name and that o your loved one(s), and put your donation in an envelope with the form. The names will be published in a bulletin insert before the trip and in our newsletter. Your loved one will be prayed for by the kids, too.
Scout Pinewood Derby thrills kids and oldsters
Hadwen Park Church's Scout Pack 22 held its annual Pinewood Derby on March 15. The Pack awarded church member Marc Methot its "Pit Crew Badge" for building the event's race track and helping the Scouts build their own cars.
Come support our young people as 
they raise funds to help them get to 
Pennsylvania this summer on their mission to keep elders and less-able folks stay in their homes.

Enjoy pancakes, sausage/bacon and eggs (and fellowship with members, friends and family) on Sunday, March 25, beginning at 8 a.m. Then contribute freely to their fund to pay their expenses when they travel to Imperial, PA in July to rehab houses that might otherwise be condemned.
Youth Missionaries offer "Grand Slam" Breakfast on Palm Sunday